Most mornings, Doug Grater, who lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, wakes up and takes his dog Sammy for a walk along the same route: to Yesterday’s News on Court Street, a few blocks from his home. Usually the owners, J.P. and Colleen Ferraioli, are unloading their latest estate sale finds from a white truck.
“It’s like an ongoing flea market every day,” Mr. Grater said. “You just never know what he’s going to get. Between the walk and the hunt, that’s what wakes me up in the morning — that’s literally my coffee.”
One sunny Friday, Mr. Grater lingered for a while, chatting with friends from the area as they passed by. He was perched on a weathered metal chair displayed just outside the store’s entrance, priced to sell at $45. Over the decade or so he’s been shopping there, he’s bought vintage ashtrays, Art Deco tables, industrial lighting fixtures, and crates to display socks, gloves, and hats in his two Brooklyn clothing stores, both called Something Else.
Mr. Grater isn’t the only customer who’s made Yesterday’s News part of a daily routine. Anthony Di Guglielmo bikes over from his home, about 10 minutes away, to visit the store and nearby Caputo’s Fine Foods. Marcy Burke, who has lived in the neighborhood for 56 years, comes by just about every day; she’s decorated her home with purchases that include chairs, dressers, glassware and a bed.
Elizabeth Sweetheart, whose nearly chartreuse hair and clothes explain why she calls herself “The Green Lady,” stops by to chat with her friend Linda Mariano, who works there on Saturdays and Sundays. “They really are unique because they have a little bit of everything,” said Ms. Sweetheart, who has bought a lot of Depression-era glass — all of it green — at the store. “There’s something for everybody. It’s rare to find a place like this anymore.”
The Ferraiolis opened Yesterday’s News in 2001, fueled by a love of vintage paraphernalia. Mr. Ferraioli began gathering collectibles as a teenager, when his grandmother gave him an old Coca-Cola tray; his wife spent childhood weekends helping out at her parents’ flea market booth. For over a decade, they owned a second, similar shop nearby, Brownstone Treasures. About three years ago, the couple consolidated all of their treasures on the bright corner of Court Street and Second Place, close to the Carroll Street subway station.
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